Energy efficient, non-toxic, healthy homes are the hottest trend in the building industry. Homebuilders are constructing green homes in astonishing numbers -- nearly 200,000 in the U.S. alone in 2006. How does a home buyer who wants a green home know what to look for, what questions to ask a builder, which green home rating systems to trust, and what homes are on the market? Nationally recognised green-building expert Jerry Yudelson provides answers to some common areas of concern, including: Energy-efficient home features; Water conservation fixtures; Non-toxic finishes; Green products; Healthy indoor air. Drawing from the expertise of dozens of homebuilders, government officials and green-home experts, this book deftly takes the reader through these considerations with easy-to-use tables, charts, maps, score sheets and checklists. The book includes a glossary of green building terms, an extensive resource section and a list of homebuilders, green-rating programs and financial incentives. This comprehensive book provides homebuyers with everything they will need to make a successful search for their own green home.
Jerry Yudelson is the president of Yudelson Associates, green building and sustainability consultants. He is an engineer with an MBA, who has trained over 3,000 people in the LEED green building rating system. He has chaired Greenbuild (the world's largest green building conference) for several years, has written four books on green building, and is an industry advisor.